MD Gov. Martin O’Malley To Sign Marriage Equality Into Law Thursday Evening

Democratic governor Martin O’Malley (right) will sign Maryland’s gay marriage bill into law at 5pm on Thursday, reports the AP.

The bill passed the state Senate last Wednesday, 25-22.

Opponents are already mobilizing to get a referendum on the ballot in November. They’ll need 55,736 signatures to do so.

Martin O’Malley has championed gay-marriage legislation, speaking at rallies with marriage-equality supporters where he has vowed to sign the bill once it passes.

His wife even called anti-gay lawmakers “cowards,” though she ended up apologizing for that.

Maryland will become the eight state to legalize same-sex unions, joining Washington, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.